CREVE COEUR, MO. (KTVI) – Kids At the JCC Day Camp in Creve Coeur spent part of their day Tuesday staging a 'March For Hunger.'
It`s an annual food drive to benefit the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.
'The number is going up,' said Lou Albert, executive director of Jewish Family and Children`s services, which runs the pantry. 'There are many days when we are serving 150 or more families so those numbers are creeping up little by little.'
In the past the event involved children marching to the pantry with their donations. But earlier this year, the pantry moved about a mile from the JCC and across busy Lindbergh Boulevard, so the campers loaded pantry trucks under a pavilion at the campgrounds.
Campers say it was a learning experience.
'We learned that even people who look like us and act like us can still need food even though we don`t,' said Beka Reznikov, 14.
For kids who brought multiple donations, there was a special reward: The chance to get even with a counselor of their choice by hitting them with a whipped cream pie in the face.
'I just hope they grow up and learn it`s very important to give back to your community and to people less fortunate,' said Camp Director Joey Boime.
'Hopefully this will be a memory they will never forget.'